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Rates starts at US $ 599 per person

Small group adventure holiday

Typically you will be sharing your experiences with between 4-20 like minded travellers (depending on the trip, operator and how many others are booked on the trip) and you'll have a group leader with you. Whether you are travelling alone or with friends its good value, and a great way to meet new people! While itineraries are pre-planned there is some flexibility and you'll have plenty of privacy. This trip will appeal to travellers of all ages who enjoy meeting new people as well as seeing new places.

How this holiday makes a difference

As a company we aim to encourage interaction with local communities while showing respect for local culture, beliefs and traditions, as well as the importance of respecting the natural surroundings in order to protect places for generations to come. Our Tour Leaders are recruited locally and are trained by us in the importance of responsible tourism with guidance given on how they can make a difference. This then percolates down through those they deal with.

A night's camping and optional camel ride takes our groups into the protected area of Wadi Rum where they learn about the Bedouin way of life and plants which are both rare and endemic to its ecosystem. The money generated by tourism in this area goes to support the local Bedouin and reinforces amongst the local people the importance of protecting this unique area.

The Gulf of Aqaba is a place of outstanding natural beauty whose existing marine ecosystems are fragile and in danger. Our groups are well informed about the impact of interfering with this ecosystem and our tour leaders help to promote wider awareness of this locally. Conservation of water is actively promoted in Jordan. We work closely with our local suppliers to see how we can help them save water in the fragile desert environment. As there is no recycling in this area our clients are encouraged to carry water purification filters and water bottles.

All accommodation is locally owned and in which you experience great food, most of which is sourced locally. This not only provides direct employment within the hotel, but also has the effect of distributing money beyond to small businesses that supply the hotel and in this way money is spread throughout the region we visit.

 

 


 

 

adventure holiday in Jordan :

 

-  Experience the mountains and desert of Jordan

-  View Lawrence's 'Seven Pillars of Wisdom'

-  Petra - the Rose Red City

Jerash & the King's Highway
Beginning at Jerash, one of the most impressive Roman cities surviving anywhere, we journey via biblical Mt Nebo to Madaba and then southwards along the legendary King's Highway towards Kerak. Here we explore the crusader castle of Kerak, imposingly sited on a crag overlooking the rocky desert.

Exploring Petra
We finally reach Petra, one of the world's archaeological wonders. Tucked away like a long-lost Shangri-la, the 'Rose Red City' is carved from a mountain of multi-coloured sandstone and approached through a narrow but towering
siq (gorge). Local legend has it that the rock-cut Treasury once stored the gifts of the Queen of Sheba to Solomon. We have two full days at Petra: ample time to discover some of the hidden corners of the site, including the vast and impressive Monastery and the High Place with its fine views of distant Wadi Araba.

Wadi Rum & the Red Sea

Leaving Petra in 4WD vehicles, we push deep into the craggy desert and cliffs of Wadi Rum. This is 'Lawrence of Arabia' country, where we'll sleep in a bedouin-style encampment, under a star-filled desert sky. All around us stretch the sol
itary vertical cliffs of the wadi (dried-up river bed); we have the chance to explore this majestic landscape by camel. Then continue by 4WD to the Red Sea coast, where we can unwind and snorkel over the coral reef. Finally we return to Amman, pausing en route to experience the sensation of floating in the Dead Sea.

 

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:

Arrive Amman and check-in at hotel. Overnight hotel and breakfast.

Day 2:

Drive to Jerash. This morning we drive northwards to ancient Jerash. Located in the Gilead Hills, it is considered to be the best preserved city of the Decapolis, a confederation of ten Roman cities. One of the highlights of the Middle East, a triple arch gateway gives way to colonnaded streets, theatres, temples and baths. Particularly striking is the elegant forum.

Day 3:

To Kerak via Um Qais, Madaba & Mt. Nebo. We continue along the Jordan Valley to Umm Qais, whose ruins overlook the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights, before heading south to Madaba, a small Christian town with its collection of extraordinary mosaics, including the Great Map of Palestine (6th century). Discovered in 1896, and only fragmentary, it contains a good picture of Jerusalem. Moving on we investigate Jebel Neba (808m). Better known as Mount Nebo, it is a pilgrimage centre for Christians principally because Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land from this summit. Then following one of the oldest trade routes in the world, the King's Highway that once carried the richly laden caravans of Solomon, we reach Kerak, imposingly sited on a hilltop. Kerak became famous in the time of the Crusades as one of a chain of fortresses in the Holy War against Islam. The castle was built in 1132 by Baldwin of Jerusalem, a Crusader king.

Day 4:

Walking tour of Petra. Continuing south we set off early this morning to reach Petra. Abandoned centuries ago, Petra is unique and unforgettable: a strange otherworldly place, enhanced by the play of light and shadow, an altogether overwhelming experience. In the morning a guided orientation tour will take us to some of the key parts of this remarkable site, and, for the rest of the day we have a chance to walk through one of the most impressive and exciting sites of ancient history anywhere in the world.

Day 5:

In Petra. A full free day at Petra, or 'rock' in Greek. You can climb steep paths to the sacrificial 'High Places' (altars) and hike to the top of Jebel Harin (1396m) for a stunning view over Wadi Araba and the Negev Desert. A place to lose oneself in the atmosphere of the past. We recommend a trip to El Beidha (or 'Little Petra' as it is known) or to an excavated Stone Age village where you can see the remains of houses, fireplaces and workshops dating from around 6000BC.

Day 6:

By Four Wheel Drive to Wadi Rum. We spend today experiencing the beautiful area of Wadi Rum. We head off south for an exciting half day drive along a 4WD drive route to Wadi Rum. Via the old Roman road, we explore the lesser known northern areas of Wadi Rum, seeing natural rock bridges and viewing incredible rock sculptures on the way to our overnight camp. During the afternoon you may take an optional camel trek through the dramatic Siq al Barrah. We ride and walk for 3 hrs through a landscape of sandstone mountains and white and pink coloured sands. The desert is another world, inhabited by the nomadic Bedouin peoples for generations. The whole area is soaked in the Lawrence legend: those who still wish to search out the strange hero will find his shade in the 'Beau Geste' Desert Patrol post at Wadi Rum. Scenes of the famous film 'Lawrence of Arabia' were shot here – deep in the fabulous purple-black mountains that rise from the sand of the desert. Before our night under the starry sky, we may be lucky enough to witness a spectacular desert sunset. Overnight in Bedouin-style tent with dinner, breakfast and lunch.

Day 7:

By Four Wheel Drive to Aqaba. Leaving Wadi Rum in four wheel drive vehicles we follow a desert track finally arriving at Aqaba on the Red Sea. Here you have a chance to swim in the warm waters and go snorkelling on the coral reef.

Day 8:

Drive via the Dead Sea to Amman. We drive on to the shimmering Dead Sea. Surrounded by barren hills, this unique water body has an amazingly high salt content (33%) that means no animal life survives and that it is almost impossible to sink! Finally we drive on to Amman and spend our last night in the bustling capital.

Day 9:

Sunday. Tour ends Amman